Our newest ride: same as Lark Ride but about 10 miles shorter and at a slower pace, so about 40-50 miles and we try and alternate flat and hilly rides depending on what the weather is looking like. Generally we’ll do more flat ones in the winter and more hilly ones in the summer.
This ride is ideal if you want to go a bit further/faster/hillier than the Sunday Easy Ride but are not quite ready for the Lark Ride or Saturday Club Run. Some members regularly do both this ride and the Sunday Easy Ride.
If you are struggling on the Lark Ride you can sometimes drop back and (depending on the route) get picked up by the Larklings.
We might average around 13 mph on a flat ride and yes of course we’re slower on a hilly ride, maybe 11 mph, but if it’s 12 and 10 mph respectively, who cares? On the hilly rides we wait at the top of the hills to regroup, so everyone can climb at their own pace. We always stop at a cafe to refuel, usually for about an hour. This may or may not coincide with the Lark Ride so you can often do the return leg with them if you want to get home a bit faster, be warned though, they do sometimes ramp it up a bit on the way back.
You can read some ride reports here to get a flavour of what to expect:
You can see some of the previous routes we’ve planned on our RideWithGPS page. They’re not necessarily the routes we rode. That’s because we’re always trying to find lanes we haven’t been down before and just occasionally we find that they’re really more of a lumpy bridle path and, while we may incorporate a short known off-road section on purpose, sometimes the best option is just to turn round.
South Park Car Park, off Park Grove, Macclesfield, SK11 8AS. If it’s raining, we’ll be sheltering in the pavilion to the right.
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